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Handle a large country with as gentle a touch
As if you were cooking a small fish.
If you manage people by letting them alone,
Ghosts of the dead will not haunt you.

Not that there are no ghosts,
But that their influence becomes propitious
In the sound existence of a living person.
There is no difference between the quick and the dead,
They are facets of the single channel of vitality.

Henry Meyerding 2007-01-27